The Sports Network
By Brett Kahn, FCS Assistant Editor
DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 28th, 2 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Louisiana Superdome (65,000) -- New Orleans, Louisiana. Surface: Artificial. Television: NBC. Home Record: Southern 4-2; Grambling 4- 0. Away Record: Southern 1-1; Grambling 2-1. Neutral Record: Southern 1-0; Grambling 0-3. Series Record: Southern (30-27). Bayou Classic Record: Southern (18-17). Last Meeting: November 29, 2008 (Grambling, 29-14 at New Orleans, LA). Series Streak: The teams have split the last eight meetings. Conference: Southern - Southwestern Athletic; Grambling - Southwestern Athletic. Sports Network Ranking: Southern (41); Grambling (43). SBN Ranking: Southern (4); Grambling (6). Coaches: Southern - Pete Richardson (134-60 at Southern; 176-74 overall); Grambling - Rod Broadway (25-10 at Grambling; 58-19 overall).
GAME NOTES: Southern and Grambling will meet in the 36th annual State Farm Bayou Classic in the Superdome in New Orleans, one of the most heated rivalries in college football.
The Bayou Classic dates back to 1974 with the event annually drawing more than 50,000 fans. Southern leads the classic 18-17 and has won 12 times since 1993. Grambling won last season, 29-14, in front of 59,874 fans.
Overall, Grambling and Southern are tied 28-all in thier all-time series.
Grambling is coming into the matchup after taking down Texas Southern, 47-33, in a wild game two weeks ago.
The nation's 10th-ranked scoring offense put up 385 yards on TSU, with offensive efforts coming from running back Frank Warren (760 yards rushing, five TDs) and quarterback Greg Dillon (1,891 yards of total offense, 17 TDs).
Wide receiver Kiare Thompson (25 catches, 13.5 average) leads Grambling in receptions and receiving yards. Thompson also ranks second nationally in punt returns (20.4 average).
Defensively, 45th-ranked unit is led by Buchanan Award nominee Christian Anthony (67 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, five interceptions) at defensive end. Other performers are linebacker Cliff Exama (87 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss) and cornerback Nigel Copeland (nine pass breakups, three interceptions).
Southern is coming off a 34-24 win over Alabama State two weeks ago, in which Payton Award nominated quarterback Bryant Lee (2,425 yards of total offense, 26 TDs) threw for season-highs 384 yards and four touchdowns.
Wide receiver Juamorris Stewart (69 catches, 13.6 average, 10 TDs) and running back Brian Threat (486 yards rushing, four TDs) are also key performers on Southern's offense.
The Jaguars' defense ranks 48th nationally and features the nation's leader in interceptions, free safety Jason House (31 tackles, eight interceptions), as well as defensive end Jordan Miller (43 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss).
There have been rumblings around Southern that 17-year coach Pete Richardson could have his job on the line, if the Jaguars don't beat Grambling.
But even with that motivation for Southern, if Grambling's defense plays to its potential, the Tigers should win its second straight game in this series.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Grambling 28, Southern 24.
11/27 15:04:27 ET